North Queensland Naturalist 46 (2016): 57-68

A preliminary assessment of the natural history and conservation status of the Jardine River Turtle (Emydura subglobosa subglobosa) in northern Australia

Alastair B. Freeman, Warren Strevens, Daniel Sebasio and John Cann

 

 

 

Abstract  

This paper details work that has been carried out on the Jardine River Turtle (Emydura subglobosa subglobosa) in Australia in 2014 and 2015. Over these two years surveys have confirmed that this is an elusive and rare species of freshwater turtle in Australia seemingly confined to a very few localities in and adjacent to the Jardine River on Cape York. Details of sites surveyed, methodology and survey effort are detailed as are the results of more intensive monitoring work that has been carried out at two of the four known sites. Summary data are presented for 26 Jardine River Turtles that have been weighed, measured and individually marked as part of this monitoring program. Preliminary identification of three potential threats to the turtle in the area, feral pig predation of nests, poaching for the southern pet markets, and the impacts of climate change on the length and intensity of the dry season, are also detailed.